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Cold Weather Fashions

Quick Six Styling for Cold Weather Months

By Olivia Brown

What comes to mind when you think of fall? Leaves changing, bonfires, pumpkin patches? Well, one thing I can guarantee that comes into many people’s minds when thinking of fall is how they are going to dress. The main issue with fall fashion is staying warm and looking super cute doing it!

Fall is a time like no other. Whether you are sipping hot cocoa by the fire or out on a hayride, there are so many fashion opportunities to embrace. First, you need to get some staple items that you will use on a regular basis to make your fall outfits warm and fashionable.

Scarves. Printed, solid, fuzzy, cotton — there are endless possibilities when using scarves. There are colors, prints and fabrics to go with every outfit you have, while also keeping your neck and core warm.

A Good Pair of Boots. Whether you are walking through ice or snow, or sitting through a football game, a good pair of boots can take your outfit to the next level. You can keep it simple with a pair of booties, or go all out with knee-highs.

Leggings. Yes, everywhere you look during fall you see many different uses for leggings. However, one “fashion don’t“ is wearing leggings as pants. Leggings are meant for you to wear with your favorite short dress in the winter. You don’t want to have to put all of your cute dresses away for the season! Leggings are the perfect solution, and you can also wear them under pants for even more warmth.

A Vest. This is the most fashionable and warm item you can have in your closet during the fall. Throw on a fur vest over a long-sleeved shirt and you are ready to go. Keeping your core temperature warm keeps the rest of your body warm also.

A Trench/Pea Coat. This is essential as the temperature starts to drop. If you want to guarantee warmth, this is the way to do it. If you mix in a cute scarf and a pair of knee-high boots, you’re ready for any weather autumn throws at you!

Layering. Layering is the most useful fashion tip you will have during the fall. When fall transitions into winter, snow can put a damper on your fashionable outfits.

The “Go-to” Outfit. Here’s a go-to outfit when it’s snowing.  First, start with a short-sleeved shirt or tank top to wear under your blouse. Next, add a cute long-sleeved shirt or blouse to keep you warm. Then layer a warm knit scarf over your blouse. Depending on your personal preference, add either a fuzzy vest or a long pea coat. For your bottoms, depending on how cold it is, a thick pair of skinny jeans is a fashionable way to keep warm. Add over the knee socks, and pair with some knee-high boots. Make sure that the boots you choose to wear in the winter have traction on the bottom so you can walk through the ice and snow.

All of these tips and tricks can be used with your own personal flair. Whether you want to keep it simple with a pearl necklace or go all out with chandelier earrings, accessorizing can be your best friend when you need something to spice up your outfit. A beanie is a modern fashion trend in the fall and a cute and fun way to add something to your outfit in the winter. Don’t let cold weather put a damper on your style. Embrace it!

fall football

2015 Football Schedules


Date Opponent

8/21 @ West Stokes (King, NC)

8/28 @ Lexington (Lexington, NC)

9/4 East Davidson

9/11 @ West Davidson (Lexington, NC)

9/18 Graham

9/25 @ Southwestern Randolph (Asheboro, NC):


10/2 Ledford

10/9 @ Southern Guilford (Greensboro, NC)

10/16 North Forsyth

10/23 @ Western Guilford (Greensboro, NC)

11/6 Asheboro


Date Opponent

8/21 Providence Grove

8/28 @ McMichael (Mayodan, NC)

9/4 @ Central Davidson (Lexington, NC)

9/11 Ledford

9/18 @ Wheatmore (Trinity, NC)

9/25 Trinity: Homecoming

10/9 @ Salisbury (Salisbury, NC)

10/16 Thomasville

10/23 @ North Rowan (Spencer, NC)

10/30 Lexington

11/6 @ West Davidson (Lexington, NC)


Date Opponent

8/21 West Davidson

8/28 North Davidson

9/4 @ Southwest Guilford (High Point, NC)

9/11 @ East Davidson (Thomasville, NC)

9/18 Salisbury (Salisbury, NC)

9/25 Western Guilford

10/2 @ Central Davidson (Lexington, NC)

10/9 Asheboro

10/16 @ Southwestern Randolph (Asheboro, NC)

Middle School Night

10/30 Southern Guilford

11/6 @ North Forsyth (Winston-Salem, NC)


Date Opponent

8/21 Wheatmore

8/28 Central Davidson

9/4 Randleman

9/11 @ North Davidson (Lexington, NC)

9/18 @ Southwestern Randolph (Asheboro, NC)

10/2 @ North Rowan (Spencer, NC)

10/16 Salisbury

10/23 @ West Davidson (Lexington, NC)

10/30 @ East Davidson (Thomasville, NC)

11/6 Thomasville


Date Opponent

8/21 High Point Central (High Point, NC)

8/28 @ Ledford (Thomasville, NC)

9/4 @ Asheboro (Asheboro, NC)

9/11 Lexington

9/25 Glenn

10/2 Mount Tabor

10/9 @ Reagan (Pfafftown, NC)

10/16 Davie

10/23 @ R.J. Reynolds (Winston-Salem, NC):


10/30 Parkland

11/6 @ West Forsyth (Clemmons, NC)


Date Opponent

8/21 Pine Lake Prep

8/28 @ North Stokes (Danbury, NC)

9/4 @ West Davidson (Lexington, NC)

9/11 Union Academy

9/18 @ North Stanly (New London, NC)

9/25 Albemarle

10/2 @ North Moore (Robbins, NC): Rivalry Game

10/9 South Stanly

10/16 @ East Montgomery (Biscoe, NC)

10/30 @ West Montgomery (Mt. Gilead, NC)

11/6 Chatham Central


Date Opponent

8/21 @ Albemarle (Albemarle, NC)

8/28 Southern Lee

9/4 @ West Montgomery (Mt. Gilead, NC)

9/18 @ Starmount (Boonville, NC)

9/18 Randleman

10/2 Wheatmore

10/9 West Davidson

10/16 @ East Davidson (Thomasville, NC)

10/23 @ Salisbury (Salisbury, NC)

10/30 North Rowan

11/6 @ Lexington (Lexington, NC): Rivalry Game


Date Opponent

8/21 @ Ledford (Thomasville, NC)

8/28 @ Providence Grove (Franklinville, NC)

9/4 South Davidson

9/11 Central Davidson

9/18 @ Trinity (Trinity, NC)

9/25 Wheatmore

10/9 @ Thomasville (Thomasville, NC)

10/16 North Rowan

10/23 Lexington

10/30 @ Salisbury (Salisbury, NC): Senior Night

11/6 East Davidson


Pumped for Pumpkins

Pumped for Pumpkins

For many of us, fall means running to the nearest coffee shop at least once a day to satisfy our addiction to the famous seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This year, break that tradition with a little encouragement from these pumpkin treats in addition to your favorite coffee drink. The smooth and rich taste of pumpkin can give you tasty rewards throughout the fall regardless of which meal you choose to enjoy it. In addition to its rich fall flavor, pumpkin has added health benefits. It’s packed with Vitamin A which helps keep your eyes sharp, it aids in weight loss (who doesn’t like that?), can reduce bad cholesterol, and reduce your risk of getting cancer. With a few of these recipe favorites, you can break that addiction to Pumpkin Spice Latte, increase your wellness, and wow the crowd.

Pumpkin and Bacon Mac & Cheese:


1 8-lb. pumpkin, preferably the Cinderella variety (optional)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. macaroni noodles

6 strips thick-cut bacon

1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

2 c. pumpkin, diced (squash would also be delicious)

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

2 c. heavy cream

1 c. whole milk

1 clove garlic, minced

4 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper


Preheat the oven to 375°F. If you are not using the pumpkin, prepare a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. If using the pumpkin, slice off the top one-third of the way down. Scrape out and discard the seeds and pulp to create a bowl. Generously salt and pepper the inside of the pumpkin. Place the pumpkin and its top directly on a baking stone or on a large sheet pan and bake for 1 hour, or until tender.  Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni noodles and boil until 1 minute shy of their al dente cooking time, according to the package instructions. Drain, rinse with cool water, drain again and set aside. Cook the bacon in a large heavy pot over medium heat until crispy and all the fat has been rendered, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the bacon, chop roughly and set aside. In the same pot over medium heat, melt ¼ cup of the butter into the bacon fat. Add the onion and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the pumpkin cubes and cook for 6 to 8 minutes—the pumpkin should be just tender, not mushy or falling apart. Season with salt, transfer to a medium bowl and set aside. In the same heavy pot over medium heat, melt the remaining ¼ cup butter. Add the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the butter and flour form a smooth paste or roux. Add the cream, 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Add the milk and stir the roux until smooth. Stir in the garlic. Add the cheese and stir until very smooth. Add the cayenne pepper and season with salt. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the macaroni noodles. Add the onions, pumpkin and bacon and stir everything together really well. Spoon the macaroni into the pumpkin (or the baking dish) and bake for 30 minutes, until the macaroni and cheese is very hot and bubbly on the edges and the top is crispy and golden. Serve immediately.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad


3 c. of pumpkin (or other winter squash), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

Extra-virgin olive oil

Fine grain sea salt

12 tiny red onions or shallots, peeled (OR 3 medium red onions peeled and quartered)

2 c. cooked wild rice*

1/3 c. sunflower seeds

1/3 c. olive oil

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. honey

2 Tbsp. warm water

1/2 c. cilantro, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 375. Toss the pumpkin in a generous splash of olive oil along with a couple pinches of salt, and turn out onto a baking sheet. At the same time, toss the onions with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and turn out onto a separate baking sheet. Roast both for about 45 minutes, or until squash is brown and caramelized. The same goes for the onions, they should be deeply colored, caramelized, and soft throughout by the time they are done roasting. You’ll need to flip both the squash and onion pieces once or twice along the way – so it’s not just one side that is browning. In the meantime, make the dressing. With a hand blender or food processor puree the sunflower seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and honey until creamy. You may need to add a few tablespoons of warm water to thin the dressing a bit. Stir in the cilantro, saving just a bit to garnish the final plate later. Taste and adjust seasonings (or flavors) to your liking – I usually need to add a touch more salt with this dressing. In a large bowl, toss the wild rice with a large spoonful of the dressing. Add the onions and gently toss. Turn the rice and onions out onto a platter and top with the roasted squash (I’ll very gently toss with my hands here to disperse the pumpkin a bit.) Finish with another drizzle of dressing and any remaining chopped cilantro. Serves 4.

Cheesy Baked Potato and Pumpkin Casserole



20  oz. thinly sliced potatoes, sliced about 1/8-inch thick

4 Tbsp. olive oil

Pinch salt and pepper to taste

1 c. pumpkin puree (about half of one 15-ounce can)

4 oz. sliced or shredded cheese (American, Havarti, Pepper Jack, Monterrey Jack, or similar)

1 tsp. all-purpose seasoning blend, to taste (Mrs. Dash, Trader Joe’s 21 Salute, or similar)


Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place about 15 ounces of potatoes (about three-quarters of the bag if using a 20-ounce bag) in the baking pan arranged in a staggered yet flat layer so the potatoes form a solid crust over the base of the pans, without gaps or cracks so the cheese will be contained when it melts. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Note: The prepared refrigerated potatoes I used are softened and somewhat pre- cooked; if using raw potatoes that are then sliced or grated, baking time will likely need to be extended. Spread the pumpkin on top of the potatoes in a smooth, uniform layer using a spatula or knife. Add the cheese slices in a single layer (or add shredded cheese so that it’s all about the same height and fluffiness). Top with remaining potatoes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle seasoning blend over the top, to taste. Bake for about 45 minutes until top is browned and golden. Serve immediately

Creamy Pumpkin Soul Devine Soup


2 lb. pumpkin (any), chopped into large chunks (remove skin and seeds)

2 med. onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic

3 c. chicken or vegetable stock

1 c. milk

Salt and pepper

Directions: Combine all ingredients (except salt and pepper) in a saucepan and bring to boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until pumpkin is tender. Remove from heat and use a stick blender to blend until smooth. If you don’t have a stick blender, use a food processor but make sure it is vented as mixture will be hot and expands when blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then garnish with a spoonful of yogurt or sour cream. Serve with crusty bread.

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Halloween Safety

Dress-Up Smarts for a Safe and Fun Trick or Treat

 Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you’re making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and ask the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material.

 Use make-up instead of masks. Hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint is a better choice than a mask, which may obscure your child’s vision and hinder his breathing. If you do opt for a mask, cut oversized holes for his eyes and mouth, and encourage him to take the mask off each time he crosses the street.

 Avoid oversized costumes and shoes that can trip her up. Choose comfortable shoes and make sure clothes don’t

 Select light-colored costumes when possible. This makes it easier for drivers to spot trick-or-treaters. For costumes that have to be dark, accessorize with a white pillowcase your child can use to stash his loot and help him stand out in

 Attach reflective tape to her costume to make her easier to spot. A few strips on her back, front, and goodie bag should do the trick. If she’s planning on biking or skateboarding, stick some tape on that as well.

 Ensure his emergency information (name, number, and address) are somewhere on his clothes or on a bracelet if you’re not going to be with him.

 Choose accessories that are smooth and flexible. Look for swords, knives, and other accessories that don’t look too realistic or have sharp ends or points.

 Give her a flashlight, watch, and cell phone or coins to help her see where she’s going, know when to head home, or make a call if she’s in trouble. Make sure she knows her curfew and how to contact you.

 Make sure children under 12 are supervised by an adult or teen chaperone if you can’t take her around yourself. Teens should have a curfew.

 Round up a group. It’s best for kids of any age to travel in groups of three or more—there is safety in numbers. Plan a route with your child, making sure he knows to call you if he deviates from the plan. Keep his route to familiar streets and houses, working up the street then back down without criss-crossing. Set a time limit when he should come home

 Remind him of police and fire safety. Practice the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll,” just in case his clothes catch on fire. Encourage him to talk to a policeman or call you if anything makes him uncomfortable or upset.

 Review pedestrian rules. It’s easy to overestimate your child’s ability to remember to cross at corners, wait for walk signals, and stay on the sidewalks. Between the evening’s excitement and the novelty of being out at night, reviewing traffic-safety is a good idea. Remind her to walk — not run — between houses.

 Turn on the porch lights and replace burnt out bulbs.

 Decorate the walkway or steps with lanterns instead of candles. Battery-powered light sources such as light sticks are just as decorative and not as dangerous.